Getting Back on The Road
Training as a driving instructor is going to look and feel different after lockdown, but there’s no reason why you can’t still succeed.
Driving instructor training is going to have to change in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s what you can expect from lessons in the coming months, including where to find the best driving instructor training in your area.
The impact of coronavirus
Just like many aspects of everyday life, training as a driving instructor has been put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. Whether you were just about to learn or already had undertaken some training, things have very much stalled. However, with more and more lockdown restrictions being lifted as the threat level decreases, you could be back on the road for the first time in months sooner rather than later!
Find a great driving school
It’s always been important to find a great local driving school, but right now it is more vital than ever. Your instructor will not only need to make sure that you are learning everything you need to, but ensure that you are as protected as possible from COVID-19 while you are in the vehicle as well. Nayland Driving School are the providers of driving instructor tuition you can count on in these times, and have all the appropriate safety protocols in place. Here’s what you can expect:
Before your lesson
Before your lesson, your driving instructor will get in touch with you to ask if you or anyone in your household has had any symptoms within the last 7 days, or if you have been in contact with an infected individual in the past 14 days. If you say yes to either of these, your lesson will be postponed. If your lesson does get the go-ahead, you’ll need to wash your hands and have a short chat with your instructor before you get into the car.
In the car
Lessons will feel very different for you once they are underway. Windows will be kept open to provide ventilation, and you and your driving instructor will not talk facing each other at any point. The car will have been thoroughly cleaned before you get in, and if your instructor needs to perform any demonstrations, they will wipe down the controls afterwards. They will not pass any notes to you either, and you will be asked to pay electronically to avoid the handling of any cash.
The changes are there to keep you safe
It seems like a lot to contend with, but it’s important to remember that these changes have been made to keep you safe, along with your instructor and anyone else they are teaching. You may choose to wear disposable gloves during your lesson for additional peace of mind. The advice on wearing masks while learning to drive is a little less clear, so this is something that you should discuss with your instructor when you book.
For the latest advice, check the UK Government website.
Here’s to your training!
While training as a driving instructor will look and feel very different, there is no reason why you can’t gain your qualification and start a fulfilling new career. So when the time does come, be sure to book a lesson.